3 Lessons Learned by Public Pensions in 2014
Hedge Funds Are Not Bad and Should Not Track Broad Market Indices
For hedge funds, institutional investor enthusiasm has cooled, compared to pension fund interest in real assets such as infrastructure and properties. In 2014, the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) dumped its absolute returns program. Other pension funds are looking to reduce hedge fund exposure. UK-based Railways Pension Scheme is seeking to reduce its £1 billion allocation to hedge funds. Hedge funds that failed to generate double digit returns in 2013 took a beating in pension investment committees. Hedge fund proponents contend that fund underperformance is consistent with the asset class having low beta and low correlation to equities. Hedge funds weren’t designed to track the Russell 2000 or S&P 500 index.
Public pensions still have a long way to go when it comes to funding obligations.
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